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2009 Science News of the Year: Humans

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 16:57
Ardi puts new spin on hominid evolution A 4.4-million-year-old partial female skeleton discovered in Africa, along with fossils from at least 36 of her comrades, provide the first comprehensive loo...

Do-it-yourself bed-bug detector

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 16:33
With bed-bug numbers on the rise in North America, researchers test homemade bug finders

Darker liquor, never sicker

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 16:14
People report feeling worse the next morning after drinking bourbon than after drinking vodka

Frozen light stays fresh longer

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 11:06
Beam trapped in an ultracold cloud of atoms for 1.5 seconds

Science & the Public: Climate: China defends its reputation

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 11:04
Over the past few days, a number of national delegations

On the Scene: Obama: Climate’s rock star

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 07:16
A little over a half-hour ago, President Barack Obama wrapped up a stirring pep talk to his fellow world leaders attending the United Nations climate change meeting. He didn’t promise the world. Only that the United States could be depended upon to do its part in helping stem global greenhouse gas emissions and to fund measures that would help fund the world’s poorest and climate-beleaguered nations adapt. But what was especially interesting was to watch how the whole climate conference has waited with baited breath to learn what Obama would say: Could our President make promises that would at last galvanize action in the United States and accord among countries whose views, even yesterday, seemed poles apart?

Science & the Public: Climate emissions mandates: What role China and India?

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 03:21
One major schism between negotiating blocs at the United Nations climate change meeting is over which nations should face a mandate to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions. Just the industrial powers that have historically spewed most of the carbon dioxide responsible for today’s climate troubles? Or that group and the newly emerging industrial leaders

On the Scene: Carbon dioxide: blame where blame is due?

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 17:49
Tracking the outsourcing of greenhouse gas emissions

Experiment detects particles of dark matter, maybe

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 16:56
Events in underground experiment too few for certainty, but match the signature of WIMPs

When body meets H1N1 flu

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 14:53
Two studies map interactions between virus and human cells; one study reveals natural flu fighters.

Stone Age campers set up separate activity areas

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 13:52
Hominids displayed advanced organizational thinking almost 800,000 years ago

Science & the Public: Tiny Tuvalu could quash climate deal

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 11:49
Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia brags that his tiny 9-island state of Tuvalu is the world’s smallest independent country. Its 10,000 inhabitants live an average of 2 meters above sea level, which makes their homeland highly vulnerable to disappearing with even modest sea-level rise. With the nation’s survival so dependent on climate protection, he vowed today that Tuvalu will not sign onto any climate-change accord that does not require “legally-binding” language and programs aimed at ensuring global temperatures peak at “well below” 1.5 oC. That could effectively torpedo hopes for a climate accord tomorrow when the United Nations climate change meeting is slated to wrap up.

Science & the Public: U.S. backs $100-billion-a-year plan for climate adaptation

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 09:02
The U.S. Secretary of State arrived at the climate talks December 17

Science & the Public: U.S. backs $100 B a year plan for climate adaptation

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 09:02
“The United States is prepared to work with other countries toward a goal of jointly mobilizing $100 billion a year by 2020 to address the climate change needs of developing countries,” says U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The announcement came at a press conference, this morning, held a few hours after Clinton arrived at the United Nations climate change meeting.

Gene variant may help against emphysema, asthma

Wed, 12/16/2009 - 18:31
Uncommon version seems to lessen risk of lung disease in smokers

For coots, hatching order is crucial ID

Wed, 12/16/2009 - 16:27
When birds sneak eggs into others' nest, mom and dad can learn to find their own

On the Scene: Seismology in your backyard (and on your Twitter feed)

Wed, 12/16/2009 - 16:18
Twitter, inexpensive seismic equipment transform citizens into scientists

On the Scene: Seismology in your backyard (and on your Twitter page)

Wed, 12/16/2009 - 16:18
Twitter, inexpensive seismic equipment transform citizens into scientists

Mom and Dad not equally to blame for some bad genes

Wed, 12/16/2009 - 15:43
Depending which parent passes on a trait, disease risk could go up or down

Super-Earth found close by, may host water

Wed, 12/16/2009 - 12:58
Astronomers say this discovery and others suggest that finding habitable planets is ‘only a matter of time’


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